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“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain
And so it begins…
The holiday madness. The holiday rush. Everywhere you look, you see ads for this and that. Must buys. Must haves. Must gets.
I, for one, find it all to be overwhelming. That’s why this holiday season, I’ve decided that I want to try and stay present and focused on what the holiday spirit really means to me.
For me, the holiday season is about joy. It’s about my faith. It’s about generosity of spirit (not generosity of my wallet). It’s about kindness to my fellow human beings.
To that end, I’m going to embark on the 30-day Kindness Challenge that my colleague Lindsay recently brought to my attention. The challenge (which you can read about below in The Sunday Paper) encourages each of us to perform one small, random act of kindness every day. As the article says, performing acts of kindness can lead us to feel increased happiness in our lives. It can lead to enhanced creativity and more inner joy. These acts also help us shift our focus from ourselves to those who we are trying to help.
I believe that every day is an opportunity to pay it forward with kindness. I also believe that if I commit to doing one small act every day between now and New Year’s, I will feel more present and centered throughout this season. I’m sure I’ll get frazzled, emotional and/or anxious along the way, but I want to view this as a challenge and an opportunity to do things differently this year.
So on this glorious day, turn up the Christmas music in your house. Set your intention for this season. Get centered and get focused on what the spirit means to you.
Dear God, thank you for the gift of this holiday season. Please help me remember the true spirit of this season and allow me to make someone else’s life just a little bit brighter in the days ahead. Amen.